Why I Attend Convention
To get an update on important policy and academic updates from the perspective of the many great medical experts. Many of whom are African American. It is also an ideal occasion to meet with prominent African American physicians in my specialty.Vernon H. Ross, M.D.
Great camaraderie! Also, the ability to increase knowledge in best medical practices in order to improve quality of care for our patients.Susanne Tropez-Sims, M.D.
I haven’t missed an annual NMA convention since I attended my first over 40 years ago. While I belong to many other professional organizations, NMA is unique in providing both excellent science in addition to health policy and medical information specific for minority populations and physicians of color. Plus – the ability to network with physicians with similar concerns AND former students and residents is something I would not miss!Vivian Pinn, M.D.
The scientific sessions provide excellent information on advances in my specialty in an environment conducive to discussing special practice issues important for my patients. Spontaneous engagement and discussions with physicians and other healthcare professionals with similar patient demographics further enhances my learning and engagement during the NMA conference.Roland Matthews, M.D.
I rely on the organization’s leadership to convene critical discussions focused on health policy, healthcare reform and the challenges facing physicians not only in clinical practice, but those in leadership in health plans, academia, pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry and public health. NMA convention is also a great time to connect with my medical school alumni, friends and colleagues.Rose E. Blackburn, M.D., M.B.A.
It is important for doctors to attend the 115th NMA Convention in order to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing healthcare environment. The NMA Convention is the most dynamic conference around with the experts and quality CME discussing topics of importance to both clinical medicine and the business of medicine. If you are interested in value added not just volume added healthcare for the communities we serve than the NMA is where you need to come to stay informed and get prepared for the changes to come over the next several years.Morris Brown, M.D.
It gives me a chance to network with other physicians who share my goals and the challenges I face working towards decreasing health disparities. As the Co-Director of the Rabb-Venable Excellence in Research Program, I also look forward each year to meeting with the youngest generation of underrepresented minority residents and medical students to join our community. In addition to mentoring the new ophthalmologists, I coordinate the Eye Education Program and free screenings with AAO and the Ophthalmology section for NMA attendees and the community.Mildred M.G. Olivier, M.D., FACS
The NMA ANNUAL Meeting is a great way to network with physician colleagues across the United States to network, discuss policy and healthcare legislation, and to learn the latest innovation in medicine in a supportive, fun, uplifting, & exciting environment reconnecting with friends while able to also enjoy family time with Camp NMAzing!!Carlos J. Vital, M.D.
Call for Award Nominations
Providing public recognition of exceptional achievement and service within the National Medical Association is an important activity of the Association. Annually, the National Medical Association confers four awards to honor luminaries and those medical societies that have demonstrated exemplary leadership. In addition, we recognize individuals of national and international stature whose efforts significantly benefit health and medicine.
NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program
Residents, fellows, postdoctoral scientists, and early stage investigators interested in academic medicine are encouraged to apply. Award includes participation in a two day academic career development workshop and provides support for travel, hotel, and registration for selected applicants to attend the 2018 NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly. Application deadline is April 15, 2018.
If you are an author, current NMA member and a registered conference attendee, we invite you to join us in Orlando. You bring the books, we provide the space for free in NMA Central which is located in a prominent location in the Exhibit Hall.
Sunday: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Monday: 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Meeting rooms will be kept cool. Dressing in layers is recommended since the temperature in meeting rooms can vary – from comfortable to chilly. As a result, you might want to dress in layers or bring a shawl/sweater.
The NMA Convention is a professional development event and due to safety liability issues, children under age 18 are not permitted in the Exhibit Hall during installation, exhibit hours and dismantle. (This includes children in strollers).
Internet and Wifi
Limited complimentary wireless internet service is offered in various public areas.
House of Delegates
- Saturday, August 11, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
- Sunday, August 12, 2:30–5:30 pm
- Wednesday, August 15, 1:30–4:30 pm
Visit NMA Central – the Association’s convention site headquarters – located in the Exhibit Hall (Booth 211). NMA staff will be available to provide information about programs, activities, membership, the Journal of the National Medical Association and much more.
NMA permits and encourages the use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and blogging at the conference as a way to summarize, highlight, excerpt, review, critique, and promote the presented materials, syllabus materials, or the conference in general, provided that
- copyright law is observed;
- verbatim information is limited to a few quotes; and
- the author or speaker is referenced and cited appropriately.
Out of respect for the other participants, we ask that noise-making electronic devices be silenced, though they need not be turned off. We understand that they may be used to follow along in the syllabus, tweet, or take notes in accordance with the above stated social media policy.
Official hashtag – #NMA2018ORL
- Follow us on Twitter (NationalMedAssn)
- Like us on Facebook (The National Medical Association)
Scooter and Wheelchair Rentals
Buena Vista Scooter Rental
Scooters and wheelchairs may be rented by contacting Buena Vista Scooter Rental at 407-331-9147 or toll-free at 866-484-4797.
Place your order between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EDT all seven days of the week. To ensure availability, we recommend you place your order no later than two weeks in advance of the convention.
Rates listed below include delivery and pick-up charges at the Rosen Shingle Creek. All major credit cards are accepted.
One-day rental: $54.32 (including tax)
Multi-day rentals are $33.02 (including tax) per day, with a required minimum of two days.
Two-day rental: $31.95 (including tax), with a required minimum of two days.
Each day thereafter is an additional $10.65 (including tax). For example, a three-day rental is $42.60; a four-day rental is $53.25.